Jury clears Macon man of rape

A Bibb County jury acquitted a Macon man of a rape charge Wednesday after more than half a day of deliberations.

Jurors voted unanimously and found Marcus Tyrone Davis, 34, not guilty.

Testimony in the trial began Tuesday, and closing arguments were held Wednesday morning.

Davis was indicted in October on one count of rape stemming from allegations that he raped his sister’s 24-year-old girlfriend at their Merriwood Drive apartment in 2008. Davis was living with the women at the time.

The woman testified Tuesday that Davis attacked her when she went downstairs to use a cell phone about 1 a.m. Nov. 7, 2008. Prosecutor Dorothy Hull said Davis testified that the sex was consensual.

The woman testified that the sex was not consensual and that she tried to push Davis off of her, but one of her arms was trapped behind her body.

During the trial, defense attorney Bobby Bearden questioned why it was several days before the woman reported the allegations.

Davis is listed as a sex offender in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offender registry. He was convicted of burglary while armed, aggravated battery and attempted sexual battery in Lee County, Fla., in 1997, according to Bibb County Superior Court records.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.